Monthly Archives: April 2013

St. Louis Priest Father William Vatterott Indicted on Child Pornography Charge

St. Louis Priest Father William Vatterott Indicted on Child Pornography Charge

Two nuns ‘tied woman to a pipe for two days and tortured her when she was at convent school in the seventies’

Two nuns ‘tied woman to a pipe for two days and tortured her when she was at convent school in the seventies’

  • Anne Kenny, 79, and Agnes Reville, 77, accused of assaulting eight girls at Dalbeath Approved School in Renfrewshire, near Glasgow
  • Catherine Logan, 57, told court she was punished for pulling off nun’s habit
  • Said Kenny hit her so hard with carpet beater she ruptured her spleen
  • Police were called but nuns allegedly told them she was self-harming
  • Kenny, from Manchester, and Reville, from Newcastle, deny the charges

By Steve Robson


A teenager was tied to a pipe and tortured for two days by nuns who ran the convent school she attended, a court has heard.

Anne Kenny, 79, and Agnes Reville, 77, are accused of assaulting eight girls at Dalbeath Approved School in Renfrewshire, near Glasgow, in the 1970s.

Catherine Logan, 57, claims in one incident Kenny, known as Mother Rosari, hit her so hard with a carpet beater she ruptured her spleen.

She told Paisley Sheriff Court that she was ‘hit’ about twelve or thirteen times – including with a riding crop – and also alleged she was drugged.Kenny faces four charges of assault while Reville is accused of five charges of assault.

The accusations involve a total of eight girls.

Mrs Logan, who attended the school between 1969 and 1971, identified Kenny as Mother Rosari and Reville as Mother Martin – both nuns at the school at the time.

She told prosecutor Douglas Hamilton that she was ‘tortured’ when she got into trouble.

Mrs Logan told the trial that on one occasion, she was tied to a pole for two days in a broom cupboard after pulling a nun’s habit off.

The fiscal asked: ‘In what way were you tied to a pole?’

She replied: Both arms around the pole with wire.’

Mr Hamilton asked what happened during her time in the cupboard.

Mrs Logan told him: ‘I was in there for two days. I was hit with something like a carpet beater.’

She also said another nun Mother James sat on her chest while Mother Rosari bound her wrists to the pole.

The court was told that Mother Rosari hit her with the implement which was like a carpet beater causing her spleen to be ruptured.

Mrs Logan claimed two girls ran for help and got the police.

When she spoke to officers later, she said her arms were bandaged-up. Police were allegedly told by nuns at the school that Mrs Logan had been self harming.

Mrs Logan claimed she did not remember a lot from when she came out of the cupboard because she was ‘drugged’.

She claimed Mother Rosari drugged her on more than one occasion, but couldn’t remember who it was that time.

Mrs Logan finally alleged that Mother Rosari smacked on the face with a riding crop.

She told the jury that Mother Martin ‘wasn’t an evil person’ and did not abuse her as much.

However, the witness did claim that the nun abused other girls more.

Kenny, of Manchester, and Reville, of Newcastle, deny the charges.

The trial, before Sheriff Susan Sinclair, continues.

Former pupil at school run by nuns ‘held in torture cupboard for days’

Former pupil at school run by nuns ‘held in torture cupboard for days’

STV 25 April 2013 16:21 BST

A former pupil at a school run by nuns claimed she was attacked by them after being sent there for stealing two bras from Woolworths.

Catherine Logan told a jury that she was kept in a cupboard when she was at the school 41 years ago.

The 57-year-old was giving evidence in the trial of Anne Kenny, 79, who faces four charges of assault and Agnes Reville, 77, who is accused of five charges of assault at Dalbeath Approved School in Bishopton, Renfrewshire.

She told Paisley Sheriff Court that she was taken back to the school three years ago, which was the first time she had gone back since leaving it.

The accusations involve a total of eight girls. In earlier evidence Mrs Logan identified Kenny as Mother Rosaria and Reville as Mother Martin, both nuns at the school at the time.

Mrs Logan was asked why she was sent to the approved school and replied : “I took two braziers from Woolworths.” She told the jury: “They made me, I didn’t want to go back to that place again,” when she returned in recent years.

She said that a riding crop like the one she claims she was beaten with was still hanging on a wall in the school. She was asked by depute fiscal Douglas Hamilton: “Did you point out the cupboard in which you were held?”

Mrs Logan replied: “Yes.” Mr Hamilton then showed her a photograph and asked her what it was and she replied: “That’s the torture cupboard, but it’s changed. It’s different, I hadn’t seen it for 41 years, but it hadn’t changed much.”

She told the court that she had been dragged into the cupboard on about a dozen occasions for alleged misbehaviour.

In court Mrs Logan claimed that it was Mother Rosaria who had beaten her and locked her in the cupboard.

Mrs Logan said that it was only on one occasion that she was beaten with a carpet and tied to piping in the cupboard and left for two days.

She was asked by Mr Hamilton: “Did anyone offer you food?” and she replied: “No, nothing.”

The prosecutor then asked: “Did anyone come to see if you were alright?” and Mrs Logan said: “Nope.” She was then asked if she had tried to escape and untie herself and replied: “No, I couldn’t move.”

The jury of eight woman and seven men were also told by Mrs Logan that she was hit with a riding crop after she ran away.

Logan was asked how the alleged assault with the riding crop had come about and she said she had been taken to Mother Rosaria’s office and had spat on her and then was hit. Mrs Logan also claimed that she saw Mother Martin hit another girl Patsy Timothy after she found her smoking behind the nunnery.

Mr Hamilton asked: “What did she do to her?” Mrs Logan said: “Pulled her by the hair and struck her on the face.” Patsy was terrified of Mother Martin.”

Mrs Logan told the court that Patsy screamed and fell down when she was slapped and then got up and was slapped to the ground again.

Defence QC Ronnie Clancy accused Mrs Logan of being a liar and a fantasist and told the jury she had made a “career” out of shoplifting.

Mr Clancy revealed that she had 26 convictions for dishonesty between 1969 to 2009, including two convictions for lying to police.

He said the court would hear from other pupils at the approved school who described Mother Rosaria as a kind and gentle person who never lifted a finger to anyone.

Mrs Logan replied: “I would say they are liars”.

The QC then told Mrs Logan: “You are either deliberately lying or you are a fantasist.”

She replied: “Absolutely not”.

Robert Anthony QC, representing Reville, asked why it had taken 40 years for Mrs Logan to come forward with her story.

She told him that she had gone to Springburn Police station 25 years ago to report the alleged abuse.

Mrs Logan added: “I wrote to Cardinal Winning and Cardinal O’Brien and never got a reply from either of them.”

Kenny, of Manchester, and Reville, of Newcastle deny the charges.

The trial before Sheriff Susan Sinclair continues.

Haunting BBC documentary exposes 50-year scandal of baby trafficking by the Catholic church in Spain

300,000 babies stolen from their parents – and sold for adoption: Haunting BBC documentary exposes 50-year scandal of baby trafficking by the Catholic church in Spain

By Polly Dunbar

Identity crisis: Randy Ryder as a baby being cradled in a Malaga hospital in 1971 by the woman who bought him Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Identity crisis: Randy Ryder as a baby being cradled in a Malaga hospital in 1971 by the woman who bought him


Up to 300,000 Spanish babies were stolen from their parents and sold for adoption over a period of five decades, a new investigation reveals.

The children were trafficked by a secret network of doctors, nurses, priests and nuns in a widespread practice that began during General Franco’s dictatorship and continued until the early Nineties.

Hundreds of families who had babies taken from Spanish hospitals are now battling for an official government investigation into the scandal.

Several mothers say they were told their first-born children had died during or soon after they gave birth.

But the women, often young and unmarried, were told they could not see the body of the infant or attend their burial.  In reality, the babies were sold to childless couples whose devout beliefs and financial security meant that they were seen as more appropriate parents.

Official documents were forged so the adoptive parents’ names were on the infants’ birth certificates.

In many cases it is believed they were unaware that the child they received had been stolen, as they were usually told the birth mother had given them up.

Journalist Katya Adler, who has investigated the scandal, says: ‘The situation is incredibly sad for thousands of people.

‘There are men and women across Spain whose lives have been turned upside-down by discovering the people they thought were their parents actually bought them for cash. There are also many mothers who have maintained for years that their babies did not die – and were labelled “hysterical” – but are now discovering that their child has probably been alive and brought up by somebody else all this time.’

Experts believe the cases may account for up to 15 per cent of the total adoptions that took place in Spain between 1960 and 1989.

It began as a system for taking children away from families deemed politically dangerous to the regime of General Franco, which began in 1939. The system continued after the dictator’s death in 1975 as the Catholic church continued to retain a powerful influence on public life, particularly in social services.

It was not until 1987 that the Spanish government, instead of hospitals, began to regulate adoptions.

The scandal came to light after two men, Antonio Barroso and Juan Luis Moreno, discovered they had been stolen as babies.

Mr Moreno’s ‘father’ confessed on his deathbed to having bought him as a baby from a priest in Zaragoza in northern Spain. He told his son he had been accompanied on the trip by Mr Barroso’s parents, who bought Antonio at the same time for 200,000 pesetas – a huge sum at the time.

‘That was the price of an apartment back then,’ Mr Barroso said. ‘My parents paid it in instalments over the course of ten years because they did not have enough money.’

DNA tests have proved that the couple who brought up Mr Barroso were not his biological parents and the nun who sold him has admitted to doing so.

When the pair made their case public, it prompted mothers all over the country to come forward with their own experiences of being told their babies had died, but never believing it. One such woman was Manoli Pagador, who has begun searching for her son.
A BBC documentary, This World: Spain’s Stolen Babies, follows her efforts to discover if he is Randy Ryder, a stolen baby who was brought up in Texas and is now aged 40.

In some cases, babies’ graves have been exhumed, revealing bones that belong to adults or animals. Some of the graves contained nothing at all.

The BBC documentary features an interview with an 89-year-old woman named Ines Perez, who admitted that a priest encouraged her to fake a pregnancy so she could be given a baby girl due to be born at Madrid’s San Ramon clinic in 1969. ‘The priest gave me padding to wear on my stomach,’ she says.

It is claimed that the San Ramon clinic was one of the major centres for the practice.

Many mothers who gave birth there claim that when they asked to see their child after being told it had died, they were shown a baby’s corpse that appeared to be freezing cold.

The BBC programme shows photographs taken in the Eighties of a dead baby kept in a freezer, allegedly to show grieving mothers.

Despite hundreds of families of babies who disappeared in Spanish hospitals calling on the government to open an investigation into the scandal, no nationally co-ordinated probe has taken place.

As a result of amnesty laws passed after Franco’s death, crimes that took place during his regime are usually not examined. Instead, regional prosecutors across the country are investigating each story on a case-by-case basis, with 900 currently under review.

But Ms Adler says: ‘There is very little political will to get to the bottom of the situation.’

There are believed to be thousands more cases that will never come to light because the stolen children fear their adoptive parents will be seen as criminals.

Many of the families of stolen babies have taken DNA tests in the hope of eventually being matched with their children. Some matches have already been made but, without a nationally co-ordinated database, reuniting lost relatives will be a very difficult process.

Letter to the Editor, Manchester Union Leader, April 18 2013 How can Catholics cheer those who hid abuse?

My letter to the editor, which appeared in the Manchester Union Leader, April 18, 2013: How can Catholics cheer those who hid abuse?

How can Catholics cheer those who hid abuse?

To the Editor: As a survivor of priest rape, I and many other survivors wonder if the parishioners of the Roman Catholic Church can understand how it feels to us victims to hear them cheering the Pope or ca
rdinals like Timothy Dolan. Benedict and Dolan are just two who participated in the coverups of child rape by their priests. Yet we victims have to hear you cheer them on. Put yourself in a rape victim’s shoes and imagine what that is like for us.

On Bishops Accountability, there is a database. On this list, there are 3,763 priests and nuns, just in the United States, who were credibly accused. You look at this list, then come back and tell us it was just a few priests who did this, and remember, this is just for those in the U.S.

To put it bluntly, we victims feel that is the parishioners and the good bishops, cardinals , priests and nuns do not demand the immediate resignation of all of these leaders of your church credibly accused in the coverups, and the prosecution of these people for their crimes against children, then in our eyes you are just as guilty of these crimes as the perpetrators.

Talk to the victims and see if the church is in fact doing all it can to help us.

Frank LaFerriere

Churches to count the cost of abuse – 100,000 victims to sue

Churches to count the cost of abuse – 100,000 victims to sue

From the link:

UP to 100,000 people will make claims for compensation in the wake of the royal commission into institutionalised abuse, according to a leading lawyer.

They are pinning their hopes on the commission recommending that a “redress fund” be set up, into which institutions at blame would pay commensurate sums of money.

Lawyer Peter Kelso said the Catholic Church may be forced to sell some of its multi-million dollars worth of land and property holdings to pay its fair share of a fund.

While the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will not be able to make awards of compensation, its terms of reference call on it to find ways so that victims can get redress from institutions.

“The words ‘by institutions’ send the clear message that Australian taxpayers will not be paying a cent,” Mr Kelso said.

He has based his estimate on a figure out of the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sexual abuse which has been told there are 10,000 victims in that state alone.

In Ireland, a Redress Board set up following a nine-year inquiry into Catholic Church abuse received more than 16,000 claims.

Mr Kelso said that if that figure was extrapolated to the Australian population, there would be between 70,000 and 100,000 people who would be seeking compensation.

In Ireland, the average award was $82,190. The largest award was $392,704.

Mr Kelso said that it was something that had to be faced.

“It will be an enormous amount of money but my attitude is that the days of token payments of $50,000 have gone. Some clients have been offered as little as $5000 to go away.”

Mr Kelso said compensation was a punishment but also a way to restore the victim to the position they would have been in had their lives not been torn apart by abuse as a child.

He said that he had hundreds of clients who wanted to give evidence to the royal commission, which has foreshadowed hearing from at least 5000 people.

The Irish compensation scheme took into account the severity of the abuse and injury with an additional loading of up to 20 per cent for exceptional cases. It also paid medical expenses and all costs reasonably incurred in making an application.

Mr Kelso said that the Catholic Church was found to be the main perpetrator.

The church’s initial contribution only covered 10 per cent of the total payout and it now has to sell property in the financial crisis that is still going on in Ireland.

“There are lessons to be learned from Ireland and the Australian royal commission will hopefully be looking at these. I expect public pressure in Australia will force the Catholic Church to liquidate a large slice of its substantial real estate holdings,” Mr Kelso said.

The royal commission has said it will be not commenting on public speculation.

Curia denies ignoring abuse victims

Curia denies ignoring abuse victims

From the link:

The Curia has denied that it abandoned the victims of priest abuse, saying they had been contacted by the Missionary Society of St Paul and invited to approach it for help.

The MSSP, under whose care the men lived at St Joseph’s Home 20 years ago, wrote to the victims in October 2011, a spokesman said.

“In fact, a number of those involved approached the society and are receiving help ,” the spokesman added.

Lawrence Grech, one of the victims, had told The Times he had expected to be approached by the Therapeutic Evaluation Board, which was set up by the Church last October and tasked with directing victims of clerical sexual abuse to therapy .

The Curia spokesman said that the Church had “more than once” publicly invited victims to come forward.

The unholy conspiracy

The unholy conspiracy

Will an inquiry into decades of child sex abuse in Australia and alleged cover-ups by the Catholic Church serve justice?

Last Modified: 10 Apr 2013 14:33

In late 2012, Australia was rocked by fresh allegations of Catholic clergy child sex abuse by whistleblower, New South Wales Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox.


Fox has pursued allegations of child sex abuse by Catholic clergy for more than a decade, and he claims that as his investigations continued, a frightening picture emerged of a widespread cover-up by the Catholic Church of the child sex crimes committed by its clergy.

Fox repeated those claims publicly, and also accused the Catholic Church of deliberately obstructing police investigations, destroying evidence, and protecting paedophile priests, sparking calls for a national inquiry.

At the same time as Fox’s investigation, The Newcastle Herald’s senior journalist Joanne McCarthy, had also picked up the scent of a wider conspiracy by senior church officials to conceal sex abuse by its clergy.

Searching for clues – Joanne delved into the case of Father Vincent Ryan – a paedophile priest convicted in 1996.

Her first discovery was a police record of interview with Monsignor Patrick Cotter, who was Maitland’s acting Bishop in the 1970s.

She was stunned to learn Cotter had known for 20 years that Ryan was a paedophile, and that when it was first reported to him by parents of a victim – he had simply shunted the priest interstate – concealing the issue, rather than reporting it to the police.

She then discovered another bishop’s letter, outlining a plan to cover-up the crimes of one of the most dangerous paedophile priests in the Maitland-Newcastle area, Father Denis McAlinden.

Bishop Leo Clarke wrote to McAlinden with an offer – if he agreed to be laicised or, defrocked as a priest, the church would protect him: “Your good name will be protected by the confidential nature of this process.”

At the end of his letter, Bishop Clark urged McAlinden to agree to be defrocked because “some people are threatening seriously to take this whole matter to the police”.

The offer to conceal McAlinden’s crimes was proof of the church’s veil of secrecy and soon Joanne ascertained that the clergy members involved were amongst the most senior in the Australian Catholic church.

Now, a special commission of inquiry has been set-up by the New South Wales state government to determine whether their actions amounted to criminal conduct. The special government-appointed inquiry, known in Australia as a Royal Commission, has also been charged with investigating how the NSW police force handled the complaints.

The trigger for the Royal Commission came in July last year, when John Pirona, a 45-year-old firefighter in the city of Newcastle, ended his life after years of mental torment stemming from the sex abuse that he suffered as a child at the hands of a paedophile priest.

The abuse occurred at St Pius X High School, a Catholic boys’ school in Newcastle. Pirona’s suicide followed about a dozen suicides and many more attempted suicides by former students at the school. Shockingly, many people reported the abuse to the school principal who kept silent, punishing children who dared to complain.

As the impact of John Pirona’s suicide reverberated throughout the community, demands for a Royal Commission gained new impetus and in Newcastle, a public rally was held to boost the campaign.

Detective Peter Fox was at the rally and felt inspired to speak out about his struggle to expose crimes concealed by the church. Emboldened by speaking at the rally, he repeated his claims two months later on national television.

Four days later, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the establishment of a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. This historic judicial inquiry will be the biggest in Australia’s history.

It will hear testimonies, not only about the original sex crimes, but also the subsequent crimes of concealment by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, and other organisations.

The Australian inquiry goes way beyond the brief of any such inquiry anywhere in the world by promising to follow up with prosecuting sex offenders, and those guilty of concealing or covering up their crimes. A special investigation unit has been established to gather further evidence and prepare briefs for the police.

Although the commission itself cannot prosecute, the early establishment of these units means this important work in bringing about accountability can commence quite soon.

The effects of the royal commission could have widespread and unforeseen outcomes – such has been the force of religion in Australia, threatening to shake Australia’s social and political life when its findings are published.

Deception in Conception Missouri

Deception in Conception Missouri

Murder and misconduct at a Benedictine Abbey

From the link:

November 7, 2011

Statement of Rev. Bede Parry

During the camp, I had inappropriate sexual contact in my living quarters with… a member of the Abbey Boy Choir. – Bede Parry, May, 2011

I have since recognized that I may have acted inappropriately with at least one other member of the Abbey Boy Choir. – Bede Parry, May, 2011

Everything that I have done in my life has been with me, and haunting me, every day. I dream about it. I think about it. Not a day passes when I do not regret my conduct. I am truly sorry. – Bede Parry, May, 2011

Statement of Bede Parry
May 7, 2011
All-Saints Episcopal Church – Las Vegas, Nevada

My name is Bede Parry and I currently reside in Las Vegas, Nevada. In November of 2010, I was contacted by and subsequently met on two occasions with Patrick Marker regarding my knowledge of misconduct by personnel at Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota.

In my meetings with Mr. Marker in November of 2010, and in several telephone and email conversations since, we have discussed issues related to my background, inappropriate contact by members of the clergy (at Saint John’s and elsewhere, including my own), and a mutual desire to create a safe environment for children and vulnerable adults.

I have agreed to provide details of my background, as follows:

In 1973, I joined Conception Abbey, a Benedictine monastic community located in Missouri. Between 1974 and 1979, I was involved in three relationships that included sexual contact, and were thus inappropriate for a monastic. In 1979, I admitted my misconduct to Abbot Jerome Hanus of Conception Abbey. Later in 1979, I enrolled in the three-year School of Theology program at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

In 1981, a student at Saint John’s University made allegations of sexual misconduct against me. I was asked to attend a meeting with [St. John’s Victim #1], the student with whom I had indeed engaged in inappropriate sexual contact, Fr. Roman Paur and perhaps one other member of the Saint John’s community. During the meeting, I apologized for my inappropriate conduct and agreed to have no further contact with [St. John’s Victim #1].

Immediately after the meeting with Roman Paur, I phoned Abbot Jerome Hanus at Conception Abbey and made him aware of my misconduct. After a discussion about the misconduct, Abbot Jerome simply said, “Don’t do it again.”

[Video: Additional Comments Regarding Abbot Hanus… Here ]

A few days after the meeting with Roman Paur, I met for tea with Saint John’s Abbot Jerome Theisen. Abbot Theisen said that he had spoken to Abbot Hanus about my conduct. There was an understanding, by all parties, that I would not do it again. I also agreed to get some counseling. I counseled with Fr. Finian McDonald for several weeks then met with a counselor in St. Cloud, Minnesota for additional therapy.

While attending the School of Theology, I lived with the other monks at Saint John’s. There was an awareness of my misconduct among the other monks. In addition to Fr. Roman Paur and Fr. Finian McDonald, Fr. Rene McGraw also knew details of my misconduct. I recall that other monks commented or joked about my misconduct in a light-hearted, but nonetheless inappropriate, manner.

I completed the School of Theology program in 1982 and returned to Conception Abbey that summer. I was ordained on April 16, 1983. Abbot Jerome Hanus reminded me at the time of my ordination that I would need to be “especially observant” of my vow of celibacy.

In the summer of 1987, Conception Abbey hosted a choir camp. I had been involved with the Abbey Boy Choir as organist, director, or both, for several years. During the camp, I had inappropriate sexual contact in my living quarters with [John Doe 181], a member of the Abbey Boy Choir.

My misconduct with [John Doe 181] was reported to the leadership at Conception Abbey the same day. At a meeting with [John Doe 181’s parents] and the Abbot, I admitted to the misconduct and apologized for my behavior.

Soon after the incident with [John Doe 181], I left Conception Abbey for Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Abbot Jerome Hanus drove me to the airport. I took part in a three-month program at the Servants of the Paraclete facilities.

I have since recognized that I may have acted inappropriately with at least one other member of the Abbey Boy Choir.

Late in 1987, I finished the Paraclete program and accepted a job, as choirmaster and organist, at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Albuquerque. I continued to receive therapy from a female counselor, Margaret, in Santa Fe.

I am aware that in 1990, someone from Conception Abbey asked [John Doe 181’s parents] about my potential return to the area. I am unaware of the details of the conversation but was told by Abbot James Jones that it would “not be wise” for me to return to Conception Abbey.

In 1995, Fr. Anthony Gorman from Saint John’s Abbey sent [St. John’s Victim #1’s] obituary to me. I do not know how Fr. Gorman knew to contact me, or the nature of Fr. Gorman’s relationship with [St. John’s Victim #1].

In 2000, I was recruited by Mary Bredlau to work at All-Saints Episcopal Church in Las Vegas.

Also in 2000, I considered joining the Prince of Peace monastery in Riverside, California. Prince of Peace had me undergo a series of psychological tests. After the testing, Prince of Peace’s Abbot Charles Wright informed me I was no longer a candidate. The psychological evaluation had determined that I had a proclivity to reoffend with minors. Abbot Wright called Conception Abbey’s Abbot Gregory Polan with this information.

Abbot Polan would later share the information with Robert Stoeckig from the Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas, Episcopal Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and the human resources department at Mercy Ambulance in Las Vegas. Bishop Daniel Walsh, Monsignor Ben Franzinelli, Bishop Joseph Pepe, Archbishop Robert Sanchez and Rev. Bob Nelson were also made aware of my previous misconduct.

In 2002, I pursued a cooperative dismissal from the Catholic Church. Fr. Dan Ward, a canon lawyer from Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, prepared the documents.

I have only recently begun to understand how my misconduct has affected my victims.

Everything that I have done in my life has been with me, and haunting me, every day. I dream about it. I think about it. Not a day passes when I do not regret my conduct. I am truly sorry.

Bede Parry
May 7, 2011

KC – Archbishop resigns before deposition

KC – Archbishop resigns before deposition

Posted by David Clohessy on April 10, 2013

From the link:

An Iowa Catholic archbishop has announced his resignation “for health reasons” just two weeks prior to his scheduled deposition in a clergy sex abuse and cover up case.

He’s Jerome Hanus who has headed the Archdiocese of Dubuque, IA and will soon live again in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

From 1977 to 1987, Jerome Hanus was abbot at Conception Abbey in Conception, MO (Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph). In a videotaped interview and a signed confession from 2011, Bede Parry admitted that Abbot Jerome Hanus knew about Parry’s previous sexual misconduct yet still placed Parry in a position of authority with the Conception Abbey Boy Choir where Parry reoffended with at least five choir participants.

With this resignation, Hanus has become to first high-ranking church official to step down during Pope Francis’ new regime.

“It’s extremely rare for a standing Archbishop to be desposed, and even moreso when that official has been named as an enabler by a predator priest himself,” said said David Clohessy, SNAP Director. “The consequences from this deposition could be huge.”

SNAP believes that it is important the deposition still be held and that Hanus is made to ask tough questions about his time in Missouri and Iowa

“We hope the deposition will still be held,” said David Clohessy, SNAP Director. “It’s important that the public find out what Hanus knew about not only Parry, but other child-molesting clerics.”

Clohessy continued to say that “if he’s covered up sex crimes once, he’s surely done it again.”

Two attorneys – Rebecca Randles of Kansas City and Jeff Anderson of St. Paul MN – have handled cases against Parry.

Here’s video of Parry, the accused predator, regarding Hanus:

Here’s a statement Parry made in May 2011:

Here’s a 2011 story linking Hanus to the Parry lawsuit:

Here’s a new article about Hanus’ resignation:

Parry lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hanus plans to move back to Conception Abbey in northwestern Missouri.

For more info: David Clohessy (314.566.9790,, Pat Marker (360-421-5849,